Association of Cable Communicators, CPR Facts

May 9, 2014 - About ACC / Membership / FORUM / Beacon Awards 

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  FORUM Hotel Room Reservation Deadline is Today May 9 

The Omni Hotel at CNN Center in Atlanta is holding a block of rooms for FORUM 2004, ACC's annual educational conference specifically designed for cable industry communicators. To guarantee the conference rate, reservations must be made today, May 9. Reservations may be made by contacting the Omni at 800-843-6664 and reference: Association of Cable Communicators. Room rates are $159/night plus tax for up to four individuals sharing a single room.
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  CNN’s Brian Stelter to Keynote Wednesday Luncheon 

With less than a month until FORUM 2004, Brian Stelter, CNN's senior media correspondent and host, Reliable Sources, is confirmed as the featured keynote speaker for Wednesday's luncheon on June 4. He will focus his remarks on the new media landscape and how communications executives must cut through the clutter to connect with journalists and consumers alike. The luncheon session will start at 12:00 pm and run until approximately 1:30 pm. The theme of the conference is the Power of Story Telling: Hashtags, Headlines and Soundbites.

In addition to Stelter, FORUM will feature a total of three keynote presentations as well as nine topic specific sessions throughout the meeting. The conference opens on Tuesday, June 3 with an early evening welcome reception and runs through the afternoon of Thursday, June 5. On Wednesday evening, June 4, the Beacon Awards® will be presented during a dinner celebration. For a complete listing of days, sessions and related information, go to the FORUM page on the ACC Website and click on the FORUM 2004 Agenda link.

Online conference registration is open and individuals may save $100 off the on-site fee of $1,000 if they register by May 31, 2014. All individuals who registered to attend FORUM 2014 may also attend the Beacon Awards® presentation and diner without additional cost. However, for those individuals who are only attending the awards ceremony, individual tickets for the event are $150. For additional information on FORUM go to the FORUM 2014 page on the ACC Website, Contact Steve Jones at or 202-222-2373 for questions on the conference, Beacon dinner, sponsorship requests or other conference needs.
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  History Partners with White House Correspondents’ Association 

In Washington on Saturday, May 3, History teamed with the White House Correspondents’ Association (WHCA) and screened a video commemorating the centennial celebration of the organization representing the White House Press Corps. The video, created and produced by History, was among the highlights of the evening during the association’s annual White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner.

The video chronicled the origin of the WHCA in 1914 and its evolution during the last 100 years. It examined how today journalists, on this historic assignment, share the spirit of the WHCA’s earliest members and continue to push for access to the President and members of the administration amid the challenges of a modern media landscape. The annual dinner, which dates back to 1921 and now itself merits extensive news coverage, is traditionally attended by the President and First Lady, as well as many other senior government officials and members of the press corps. Joel McHale, star of the NBC series Community, was the entertainer headlining the event.

“I’m thrilled that A+E Networks and the History Channel have partnered with the WHCA to generously create and produce a very special video to mark our centennial celebration,” WHCA President Steven Thomma said. “Our annual dinner always includes a lot of laughs and often features entertaining videos. But as we looked ahead to our 100th year, I wanted something different and couldn’t think of a better partner than the History Channel to bring this vision to life. With our experience at the White House and their deep experience and creativity working with historical content, we’ve worked together to tell the story of the Association, including its regrettable chapters and its proud principles. The video was a very special part of the dinner.”

Interviews with President Obama, President Clinton, key historians, press secretaries such as Marlin Fitzwater, Mike McCurry, Dana Perino and the dinner’s past and current celebrity hosts demonstrated how the Association has expanded its activities since its inception. At the core of the WHCA, meanwhile, is the same commitment to maintaining independent news coverage of the President and to nurturing the next generation of journalistic excellence through its scholarship program.

“It’s an honor for History to be able to work with the White House Correspondents’ Association on this most significant project,” said Nancy Dubuc, president and CEO, A+E Networks. “We often point out that history is in our DNA. But being entrusted to tell the official story of this celebrated organization, which itself has documented the country’s great political stories of the past century, reaffirms that we’ve been doing our job well and that others have taken notice. We couldn’t be more excited about forming this special partnership.” For additional information, contact Vicky Kahn at or 212-210-9743.
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  Board of Directors Nominations Due May 16 

Leadership positions are available on the ACC Board of Directors. This is your opportunity to help guide the association to serve the needs of cable industry communicators.

ACC is seeking nominations of members in good standing to join the Board. If you are interested in being elected or appointed, or know of a person who should be considered for a position on the Board, please contact Steve Jones at 202-222-2373 or and include a two to three sentence summary outlining why the individual would be a good Board candidate. For a listing of current Board members, please go to The nominations deadline is close-of-business May 16, 2014.
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  Rocky Mountain Cable Association Announces Cable Apprentice Winners 

Megan McCourt, president of the Board of Directors for the Rocky Mountain Cable Association (RMCA), announced that Team XYZ won the 2014 Cable Apprentice competition held on April 25 and was awarded $4,500. The Cable Apprentice is the signature event from the regional cable organization for area cable industry executives, association members, and student participants. Team XYZ, from the University of Denver’s Daniels College of Business, was comprised of students Austin Mowry, Marylynn Snyder, and Charles W K Thompson.

Established in 2006, the Cable Apprentice is an annual, award-winning educational event. The competition gives University of Denver Daniels College of Business graduate school students real-life, cable business case studies for intensive research, analysis, and presentation. The finals were held live in front of an all-star panel of cable executive judges and studio audience at the Comcast Dry Creek facility in Littleton, Colo.

The 2014 Cable Apprentice case explored the business opportunity for Comcast West Division to grow business with “cable nevers.” The case explored whether the category – and specifically the subset of primarily young people - was a legitimate growth opportunity with an underserved segment of the population (and if so, how), or was its viability as a business target overstated?

Three finalist teams were evaluated publicly after detailed presentations and question and answer sessions. Each team was critiqued on various attributes by the board of industry judges. The winning Cable Apprentice team was determined by a combination of the judge’s decision, plus text and Twitter voting from those in attendance at the Comcast Dry Creek facility. For additional information contact Eric Becker at or 720-852-4065.
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  Cartoon Network Announces 5th Annual Move It Movement Tour 

Cartoon Network recently announced launch plans for its fifth annual Move it Movement Tour, a summertime traveling event targeting youth 6-14 and their parents, presented in partnership with the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition and in support of First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! initiative. The 19-market tour will launch officially May 23-25 in Atlanta at the Atlanta Jazz Festival in Piedmont Park and travel across the country to prime family locations, co-sponsored by Cartoon Network’s local cable affiliates in each market. Traveling from coast to coast, the tour will ultimately make its way back to the gulf coast for its concluding presentation at LEGOLAND® Florida.

Presented in a themed and fun outdoor environment, the Move it Movement Tour features multiple activity and learning stations for kids, incorporating such core partner organizations as the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, NBA/WNBA FIT & NBA Hoop Troop, NFL PLAY 60 and The PGA of America. Parents also will find a variety of educational materials and tip sheets presented by CATCH and Upwave, organizations which serve to empower kids and adults alike with resources that enable them to take more control of their own healthy lifestyle choices.

A national on-air spot featuring the star of Cartoon Network’s original series, Clarence, will premiere May 19 across multiple media platforms including Cartoon Network, Boomerang,, tour partner’s websites and Cartoon Network’s Facebook page, with nearly 26 million “fans.” Today, Friday, May 9, the network also will introduce a separate Move it Movement Facebook Page to spotlight the schedule of upcoming stops on the 2014 tour, photos of kids and families enjoying the tour activities, highlights/images of partner events promoting healthy lifestyles, plus tip-sheets, videos and direct links to educational materials available at a newly refreshed

“Cartoon Network has a deep commitment to helping kids live a more balanced and healthy lifestyle, and we’ve enlisted our many partners along with their resources to help families explore more fun and unique ways to realize this goal,” said Alice Cahn, vice president of social responsibility for Cartoon Network. “This annual summer event provides a creative and engaging opportunity for families to get active. It also allows kids a chance to test their skills at a variety of athletic challenges, which can hopefully help springboard them into more formal activities in the future. And parents can pick up any number of educational materials to help them find ways of integrating more physical activity into their kids’ daily lives as well as their own.”

The MOVE IT MOVEMENT TOUR is part of Cartoon Network’s long-established, pro-social efforts to provide support and encouragement in the ongoing battle against childhood obesity through such varied activities as daily recess, health & wellness education and active after-school involvement.

Top markets currently scheduled for the 2014 tour include New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Houston, Washington, DC, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Miami, Detroit, Seattle, Salt Lake City, Tampa, Denver, Sacramento, Orlando, Pittsburgh and Austin, Texas. Local cable affiliates will promote each upcoming tour event with a 30-second television spot that highlights Move it Movement Tour activities along with the date, time and location of the nearby events. For additional information, contact Joe Swaney at or 404-885-0657.
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  Thank You 2014 Beacon® Award Judges 

In April and May, senior cable communications professionals from across the country, over two rounds of review, served as judges for the 2014 Beacon Awards®. The Beacon Awards® are cable’s highest recognition of communications and public affairs excellence since 1989. Thank you to all 51 volunteers who participated as Beacon Award judges!

First Round Judges:

  • Dana Alexander Nolfe, Cox Communications
  • Jill Arbet, Suddenlink Communications
  • Peggy Ballard, Encore Performance Marketing
  • David Blumenthal, The Weather Channel
  • Janice Caluda, Florida Cable Telecommunications Association
  • Amy Cohn, Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.
  • Todd Eachus, Comcast
  • Catherine Frymark, Discovery Communications
  • LaDawn Fuhr, Suddenlink Communications
  • Peter Hidalgo, Time Warner Cable
  • Katie Himes Beardsley, Time Warner Cable
  • Loren Hynes, USA Networks
  • Cam Johnson, Cox Communications
  • Maryann Kafer, Ohio Cable Telecommunications Association
  • Karen La Cava, Time Warner Cable - NYC Region
  • Reinaldo Llano, Bright House Networks
  • Milinda Martin, Time Warner Cable
  • R.J. Muller, Cox Communications
  • Josefa Paganuzzi, Music Choice
  • Amy Quinn, Cox Communications
  • Rachelle Savoia, Turner Network Sales, Inc.
  • Misty Skedgell, Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.
  • Anthony Surratt, Time Warner Cable
  • Sharon Taylor-Huppert, Cox Communications
  • Gregory Van Antwerp, Charter Communications 
  • Kirsten Young, A+E Networks

Second Round Judges:

  • Pete Abel, Suddenlink Communications
  • Chris Albert, National Geographic Channel
  • Katina Arnold, ESPN Inc.
  • Eric Becker, Starz
  • Bill Brennan, Syfy/NBCUniversal
  • Sara Cicero, Cisco Systems, Inc.
  • Anne Cowan, CTAM
  • Kimberly Elek, McReynolds Elek Communications
  • Kathryn Falk, Cox Communications
  • Rosa Gatti, ESPN, Inc.
  • Jim Gordon, Time Warner Cable
  • Toby Graff, USA Network/NBC Universal
  • Ted Hearn, American Cable Association
  • Annie Howell, Howell Communications
  • Maureen Huff, Time Warner Cable
  • Chris LaPlaca, ESPN, Inc.
  • Susan Leepson, Time Warner Cable
  • Kimberly Maki, Bright House Networks-Corporate South
  • Debra Marton, Comcast
  • Joanna Massey, The Hub Network
  • Cindy McConkey, Scripps Networks Interactive
  • Lori McFarling, Discovery Networks
  • Lynn McReynolds, McReynolds Elek Communications
  • Libby O'Connell, Ph.D., A+E Networks
  • Alex Swan, ARRIS Group, Inc.
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  Discovery Initiative Empowers High School Girls 

Discovery Communications announced the national expansion of its annual Say Yes to the Prom initiative, promoting confidence and a positive self-image for deserving high school girls. Now in its third year, Say Yes to the Prom invites a select group of high school girls to meet with Monte Durham, star of TLC’s Say Yes to the Dress: Atlanta, makeup and style experts as well as employees for mentoring, prom dress shopping and makeovers at Discovery’s global headquarters.

This year’s program expanded to Chicago and Des Moines, Iowa and will more than double past years’ impact by giving high school girls across the country a chance to develop mentoring relationships with industry professionals, build their self-confidence and "say yes to the prom dress.”

“Say Yes to the Prom’s expansion is a testament to the incredible success of the past two years and the power that can be found in the collective effort of partners across the industry,” said Adria Alpert Romm, chief human resources and global diversity officer, Discovery Communications. “Pairing like-minded organizations with creative on-air talent and local vendors has created an unmatched team and incredible initiative – one with the power to make a positive impact on girls across the country.”

Discovery kicked off this year’s national program at the company’s global headquarters in Silver Spring, Md. on March 26, hosting girls from KidsPeace and Magruder High School. To expand the reach of the program, Discovery also partnered with Mediacom to hold Say Yes To The Prom for girls from Roosevelt High School on April 23 at La’ James International College in Des Moines, as well as partnered with Comcast, OWN and Harpo to host girls from Julian High School and Curie Metropolitan High School for the final event at Harpo Studios in Chicago on May 7.

In preparation for the events, employees from Discovery, Harpo Studios, Mediacom and Comcast rallied around the effort donating more than 1,200 dresses for the girls. To further build the relationship between the girls and their employee mentors and to reinforce the day’s overarching goals of building courage and self-confidence, pre-prom mixers and networking events were hosted in each of the cities.

In addition to the day’s style sessions, mentoring events and a red carpet finale, the girls also received a letter from First Lady Michelle Obama, one of the country’s most outspoken champions for the empowerment of young women. For additional information contact Amber Harris at or 240-662-5235.
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  Thank You Corporate Members! 

For information on how your organization can join ACC as a 2014 corporate member, please contact Steve Jones at or 202-222-2373. For membership details, go to

Golden Benefactors
A+E Networks
AMC Networks Inc.
Bright House Networks
Cablevision Systems Corporation
Charter Communications
Cox Communications
Discovery Communications
ESPN, Inc.
Time Warner Cable
Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.

Friends & Associates
Cisco Systems, Inc.
Crown Media Family Networks
C-SPAN Networks
Midcontinent Communications
National Cable & Telecommunications Association
Scripps Networks
Suddenlink Communications
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